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Medication And Malpractice-Related Birth Injuries

malpractice-related birth injuries

Among the various types of medical malpractice-related birth injuries are those involving medications. Such birth injuries can result from overmedication, improper medication, or even a lack of medicating, and can occur at any stage from the onset of pregnancy to the postpartum "after-the-birth" phase. Mother, child, or both may be affected. For example, if a drug is prescribed for a pregnant woman and she has a known but overlooked contraindication to its use that results in harm to her and/or her unborn child or children, the result may be one or more medical malpractice-related birth injuries. In cases involving multiple births, the...

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Telemedicine: 5 Causes of Medical Malpractice Negligence via Telemedicine

Telemedicine

Whether via phone or computer, telemedicine offers both convenience and the opportunity for improved health. Unfortunately, when it goes wrong, it can also veer into the realm of Florida medical malpractice negligence. There are a number of ways in which medical malpractice negligence can occur during a telemedicine visit. They include: 1. A medical professional practicing outside of his or her licensed profession. 2. A medical professional practicing outside of his or her legally allowed designated practice location (out-of-boundary treatment). 3. Misdiagnosis and/or delayed diagnosis. 4. Incorrect prescribing (including failure to confirm medication allergies or reactions). 5. Patient medical record mix-ups. Areas with higher population numbers...

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The Many Faces of Medical Malpractice Negligence in Florida

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Medical malpractice negligence can involve a variety of different individuals and entities in a myriad of scenarios. Regardless of who was involved in the occurrence and the type of situation, medical malpractice negligence in Florida is defined as being based on provider or entity actions that represent a breach of the prevailing medical standard of care as defined by Florida law.1 Some of the individuals who may be involved include: Doctors Nurses Physician assistants Medical staff Specialists Lab technicians Dentists Dental assistants Dental hygienists Entities that may be involved in negligence include: Hospitals Medical offices Medical care facilities Dental offices Military medical facilities Nursing homes Outpatient facilities and centers Medical laboratories Imaging centers Medical malpractice negligence can occur at any...

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Twins And Birth Injuries: Is It Medical Malpractice Or Negligence?

twins and birth injuries

By their general nature, births involving twins or other multiples in pregnancy run a higher risk of experiencing birth defects, with one twin often more affected than the other.1 In addition, certain conditions, such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a serious, life-threatening form of brain damage that can occur during childbirth, have the potential to be more common among twin births. Further, a rare condition in which twins share the placenta and one twin receives more blood flow than the other, known as twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), can occur, and often presents with devastating consequences.2 But what about when such risk is compounded...

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Florida Medical Malpractice Negligence Law Update

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Earlier this year, the Florida House of Representatives passed HB 651 (Recovery of Damages in Claims for Medical Malpractice Negligence) in a 99-16 vote.1 The bill, which was introduced in an effort to allow parents of deceased adult children who had no children of their own to recover damages for mental pain and suffering in medical negligence lawsuits, affects Florida statutes 768.21(8). Florida statutes 768.21(8) currently disallows recovery of such damages. No other state in the nation does the same. One viewpoint on the matter reflects that blocking the public's ability to sue for damages for mental pain and suffering in...

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Ten Causes of Anesthesia Errors Medical Malpractice Negligence

Anesthesia Errors

Among the various types of medication errors in medical malpractice negligence cases are those involving anesthesia errors. Unfortunately, while such errors are not common, they still occur. And the effects can be devastating, resulting in serious permanent injury or even death. According to a study published in the Southern Medical Journal, between 2007 and 2014 a total of 17,116 anesthetic errors and 131 associated deaths were reported in the United States alone.1 The physical, mental, emotional, and financial hardships created for patients and their loved ones due to anesthesia-related medical malpractice negligence can be substantial. They can create the need for...

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10 Types of Medication Errors: Is it Medical Malpractice Negligence?

Medication Errors

Medication Errors resulting in physical, mental, and/or emotional harm or death are far too common. In fact, over 100,000 reports are made to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) each year associated with a suspected medication error.1 Such errors can create not only physical and mental devastation, but also substantial situational and financial hardships for patients and loved ones. The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention defines a medication error as "any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care...

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COVID-19 And Birth Injuries Including Medical Malpractice Negligence

COVID-19 and birth injuries

Both COVID-19 and birth injuries create difficult and even devastating situations that can wreak havoc on the lives of individuals and families. But when COVID-19 is the cause of birth injuries — including deaths — due to medical malpractice negligence, new circumstances emerge and different legal strategies are required to ensure justice and secure financial resources for medical needs. According to the CDC, those who are pregnant or were recently pregnant carry an increased risk of becoming severely ill or dying from COVID-19 compared with those who are not pregnant. 1 This includes illness that requires pregnant individuals to be hospitalized,...

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Ten Types Of Patient Discharge Medical Malpractice Negligence

Patient Discharge

Medical malpractice negligence takes many forms, including those involving patient discharge negligence. It may involve doctors, medical staff, specialists, hospitals, medical offices, and medical care facilities. All forms of medical malpractice negligence in Florida are based on actions that represent a breach of the prevailing medical standard of care as defined by Florida law.1 The following are ten scenarios involving patient discharge negligence: 1. Premature Discharge This occurs when a patient is released from a hospital or other medical facility too soon, before his or her medical condition has been appropriately stabilized and it is safe for the individual to return home. 2. Discharge...

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Medical Malpractice Liability & Medical Students

Medical Malpractice Liability

Medical Malpractice Liability can occur in many ways. Teaching hospitals, healthcare facilities, and medical offices are common training grounds for medical students and interns alike. Florida in particular is host to more than half a dozen teaching hospitals, with three located in South Florida alone. 1 It’s not uncommon to find a medical student working among doctors and other medical staff as part of a medical education program, even in a doctor’s office, anywhere in the U.S. While the prospect of having a student who is not thoroughly experienced “practice” on patients—even while under the direction and scrutiny of one or...

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